Obviously Rep. Peter King never heard Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.
King, R-N.Y., appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Monday to give his opinion on Ted Cruz’s announcement that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016 election.
He wasn’t flattering.
“We need intelligent debate in the country. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate,” King told host Wolf Blitzer.
“He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He has shown no qualifications, no legislation being passed, doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience. So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”
Blitzer asked King if, despite his misgivings, he would support Cruz if he was able to get the nomination and King gave a childish answer.
“I hope that day never comes,” he said. “I will jump off that bridge when we come to it.”
King criticized Cruz and Rand Paul, who will presumably announce his candidacy soon, as “counterfeit conservatives,” and said that Cruz would have to undergo a “complete transformation” in order to get his endorsement.
Translation: Cruz would have to become part of the “mushy middle” he has repeatedly rallied against.
King said he could see himself backing Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and John Kasich, but also said he is considering a run for the nomination himself.
“I’m still looking. I’ll be in New Hampshire next week, I’ll be up there in Nashua, I believe, on April 16 and 17, and again I’m not kidding myself. It’s not gonna be easy. If not, I’ll just take advantage of this opportunity to appeal to the, to me, you know, the realistic wing of the party. The pro-defense, Ronald Reagan wing of the Republican party. The true conservatives, not the counterfeit conservatives like Ted Cruz. To prevent people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul from hijacking the nomination.”
King clearly wants an establishment candidate. The same attitude that brought us John McCain and Mitt Romney.
That worked out swell.
The Twittersphere is excited about the possibility of King jumping.
Peter King didn’t mention how high the bridge will be. He should have time to be able to set his watch between the jump and the landing.
— Rebel Yankee (@YankReb69) March 24, 2015
— Daniel (@Texanfuzz414) March 24, 2015
.@Radiomattrick Could Peter King just go ahead and jump off that bridge? He’s got Stockholm Syndrome being a RINO in a sea of Democrats
— Sandra Jane (@janevonmises) March 24, 2015
Vote for Ted Cruz even if you don’t like him. Anything that can make Peter King jump off a bridge should make everybody happy. @NahBabyNah
— Charlie Davis (@Charcin34Davis) March 24, 2015
One of the biggest loud mouths in Washington, Rep. Peter King says Ted Cruz Is ‘a Guy With a Big Mouth.’
— Dale Randolph (@PeepNuggets) March 24, 2015
— High Horse Crusadin’ (@Jon_Locke) March 23, 2015
@irishduke2 do you think Christie would agree to hold traffic so King could have a bit of solitude before his plunge?
— TLC (@TracyLConnors) March 23, 2015
@PatrickFong Peter King is NOT a conservative! !
— Michael E Hoffman (@Michael07369542) March 23, 2015
— Drew McCoy (@DrewMTips) March 23, 2015